Public Forum: People's uprising in Sri Lanka

Conferences & public forums
Gadigal Country/Sydney


6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday 09 August


Resistance Centre and Bookshop
407 Swanston Street
Level 5, Druids House
Melbourne VIC 3000
Resistance Centre and Bookshop
Shop 4, 22-36 Mountain St
Ultimo NSW 2007


The success of Sri Lanka’s mass movement in forcing the removal of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is an incredible demonstration of people power.


  • Kaushalya Ariyaratne, National People's Power
  • Nuwan Bopage, Frontline Socialist Party & protest leader from Galle Face protest camp 
  • Janaka Biyanwila, Green Left journalist who has been in Sri Lanka for the last month. He is an author of ‘The Labour Movement in the Global South: Trade Unions in Sri Lanka’
  • Iyngaranathan Selvaratnam is a Tamil Refugee Activist and Community Development Worker based in Sydney.
  • Lionel Bopage, veteran Sri Lankan leftist, human rights activist and former leader of a mass liberation movement in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 1980s.

The rise of the mass movement has been the result of an economic crisis caused by successive right-wing rule in Sri Lanka. People are suffering from lack of access to basic
necessities in life and are demanding better. Despite the successes, the movement faces severe, ongoing repression from the Sri Lankan government.

Come along to this discussion featuring a panel of activists discussing what we can learn from the movement and how we can build solidarity on the ground.


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